A passenger was apparently so unhappy with the direction his cab driver took in the Excelsior District early Monday morning that he gouged the driver’s left eye after engaging the driver in a fight, police said.
The incident occurred just before 3 a.m. at Silver and Mission streets when the passenger, a 36-year-old man, entered the cab and decided he wanted the driver to take another route, according to police.
That’s when the passenger punched the driver, a 65-year-old man, in the face. The driver stopped the cab and dragged the passenger outside, where they proceeded to fight, police said.
The passenger used his thumb to gouge the driver’s left eye. The driver was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive, and police arrested the passenger.